All for the Beatles
|"Stand Up and Holler"|
|Single by Foto-Fi Four|
|B-side||"Stand Up and Holler"|
|Genre||Rock and roll|
|Writer(s)||John Marascalco/Harry Nilsson|
All for the Beatles is a rock ’n’ roll song from 1964, which was written by Harry Nilsson and John Marascalco. It was released on a single with the alternative title Stand Up and Holler under Nilsson's pseudonym "Foto-Fi Four“ and was sold together with a synchronized Standard 8 mm film of The Beatles arriving in USA. The rhythm is similar to Not Fade Away, a Buddy Holly cover by The Rolling Stones, and is thus based on Bo Diddley's song Bo Diddley. A cover version was later released as All for the Beatles (Stand Up and Holler) by the The Originals. The song, which preempted the later friendship and collaboration of Nilsson with The Beatles, was not a commercial success, but the single became a sought-after collectible.
The young Harry Nilsson recorded several songs of the song writer John Marascalco at a demo session for Scott Turner in 1962. He recorded and co-authored several songs with him, which were released as singles under Nilsson's pseudonym Bo Pete.
The Beatles came first to the USA in February 1964, to promote their upcoming USA tour by an appearance in the Ed Sullivan Show, two concerts in Carnegie Hall and at the Washington Coliseum. Their arrival at the airport, some press conferences and their concerts were filmed. Nilsson and Marascalco jumped the Beatlemania band wagon and exploited the Beatles tour in August 1964, to release their own song and its record. The name of the studio, the actual date and the name of the band are unknown. The four-part main song was recorded by Nilsson only on several tracks. On an additional track they added the Beatlemania like screams of backing vocalists, which were according to Nilsson's biographer Alyn Shipton probably from the same girl group called Beach Girls that had supported the Bo Pete record Baa Baa Blacksheep.
Marascalco released the song under his own BMI associated publishing company Robin Hood Music with the title All for the Beatles. The copyright is not recorded at the Library of Congress. To the single release under the alternative title Stand Up and Holler was added A Standard 8 mm film, which was sealed in foil, which showed snippets of The Beatles recorded in February 1964. According to a note on the single and its sleeve, it is possible to play the song and film synchronously. Marascalco created for this issue a separate label called Foto-Fi Records, which published just this single with the number 107. As a musician, Nilsson got the new pseudonym "Foto-Fi Four". Die B side contained the same record but without the Beach Girls backing vocalists.
The musical structure of All for the Beatles (Stand Up and Holler) is a traditional 12-bar blues framework, which repeats itself five times. As an introduction there are two bars of a major scale tonic, and in the conclusion several bars of a tonic guitar solo up to the fade out. The first and last 12-bar figures are split into strophe and refrain. Nilsson presents the strophes single-partly, but the four-part refrain was recorded by overdubbing. In the centre of the five blues frameworks there is an electrical guitar solo.
The song is based on a Bo Diddley beat. This one-bar rhythm was known during the time of recording All for the Beatles from the American debut single Not Fade Away by The Rolling Stones, a cover of the Buddy Holly classic. This beat had been introduced in 1955 by Bo Diddley in his song Bo Diddley and was subsequently used by him several times.
The Originals (California) recorded the song in the same year for the label Associated Artists. They used the title All for the Beatles (Stand Up and Holler). The song was released as Number 1464 with Will You Come Back My Love? on the B side.
Marascalco adapted the rhythm and melody of All for the Beatles for the song Mary Mary in 1965, which was recorded by the Doo Wop group The Electras with a new text and bridge. For the releases under Marascalco's own labels Lola Records and Ruby-Doo Records the Electras musicians Gary Pipkin, Chester Pipkin und Brice Coefield were mentioned as authors instead of Nilsson und Marascalco.
Neither the original nor the cover version got a place in the charts. Shipton writes, that the song "in itself [was] not particularly remarkable, but it [was] a hardbringer for Nilsson's subsequent love of all things Beatles". By now the single and the film are rare collectible items, for which prices of more than 200 Dollar were paid for in 2006.
Alyn Shipton thinks it is ironic that All for the Beatles approaches the Beatlemania by adapting an Rolling Stones hit. "Borrowing unashamedly from it was calculated to put everyone who heard it in mind of the 'British Invasion'." Nilsson sang "in an Americanized approximation of John Lennon," but the main guitar solo was very similar to that of Keith Richard. Shipton concludes that the song is the first real example of Nilsson's preference for overdubbing, which he perfected during his career, to take-up with the close harmony of The Beatles.
- Alyn Shipton (2013), "Good Old Desk" (in German), Nilsson. The Life of a Singer-Songwriter (1. ed.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 31f, ISBN 978-0-19-975657-5
- John Marascalco (1964) (in German), Stand Up and Holler, Los Angeles: Foto-Fi Records
- The Originals (1964) (in German), All for the Beatles, Associated Artists
- The Electras (1965) (in German), Mary Mary, Lola Records
- Ivy Press (2006), "Everything Beatles" (in German), Heritage Signature Entertainment Memorabilia Auction #622, Heritage Capital Corporation, pp. 190, ISBN 1599670364
- John Scheinfeld (2010 (1006)) (in German), Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)?, Lorber Films